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Posted on I need a smooth painted finish without a sprayer!

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 10:12 PM

I refinished a bookcase last spring. Let the dorks at HD talk me into latex enamel over BIN primer. The primer was fine, but if I never see another can of latex enamel it will be too soon. Latex paint is a PITA for a bookcase. Especially if you apply 2 or more coats. The crap will not dry. I had to sit the case in front of a de-humidifier for 6 months before it was hard enough to use. The surface looks nice and slick and smooth, but it is also tacky. After a couple of weeks I tried to place a few books on a shelf and the next day the bottoms of the books were stuck to the shelf.

My dad’s method would have been to use oil base primer and enamel with a little BLO mixed in to help the flow. Sometimes he would also use a product called Japan Dry to speed up the drying process and to make a nice hard surface.

I have used the small foam roller and it’s nice. A good paint with some BLO in it will go on with a quality brush just as smooth though.

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